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PDF problem

by irishrock / March 1, 2007 1:24 AM PST

I have Windows XP. I tried to install Adobe 8 & rec'd a message about a "patch package" went to Microsoft(2/19) and finally got that taken care of. On add & remove site the Adobe is still there, with NO change/remove space there, also the 64mb also there. I thought the older version was removed...guess not cause it still won't let me install the new version of Adobe Reader 8. I called Adobe & for $40. I can get help..well, fixed incomes don't work that way. My question is "are there any more free programs that let you use PDF files" I searched PDF files & came up with Foxit Reader, Would that be ok to install & use? Or any suggestions. I'm not really a true newbie but close enough....Thanks.dw

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I'm using FOXIT's PDF reader now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 1:33 AM PST
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It's smaller and loads quickly.


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pdf files
by irishrock / March 1, 2007 1:57 AM PST

I go to & download from there? I'm thinking of going to Compusa or similar store & get my hard drive cleaned up. The microsoft person said I had alot of unnecessary stuff on the computer didn't need & to reinstall Windows XP..any thoughts?? dw

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Unsure of the issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 2:35 AM PST
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pdf issue
by irishrock / March 1, 2007 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: Unsure of the issue.

I did install the Foxit reader & it seems to be doing ok.

I was just trying to see it you thought it was be a good idea to clean up the hard drive.


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I like a clean hard disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 4:36 AM PST
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But for me, tidy is first. I keep my stuff in My Directory in somewhat ordered directories of just under what will fit on a 4.7GB DVDRW disk. This way backup is easy and so is recovery.


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Didn't mention version of Acrobat Reader...
by Edward ODaniel / March 1, 2007 2:53 AM PST
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so take a look here (DON'T quit reading just because it seems to be telling you to use the add/remove applet -- keep reading to the manual uninstallation):

Additional info:

That said, you could be using FoxIt while you are puttering around with Acrobat Reader. You could also use GSview 4.8 which has benefits neither Acrobat Reader nor FoxIt have at the cost of a slightly more comples install (you also have to have GhostScript).

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Fox it is Great! To Wipe or Not to Wipe your Drive
by scoolio / March 1, 2007 8:00 AM PST

I recommend Foxit for the reading and viewing of PDF files and love it.

Regarding cleaning your own drive.

You are comfortable enough with computers to seek help online and that puts you way above the normal user.

Question: if you don't mind losing four hours of your life and sharpening your windows reinstall skills cleaning or even better wiping your drive is great housekeeping step but it will consume more time than you initially imagine once you get into the whole why can't I watch DVD's anymore, where did all my files go stuff.

If you do decide to wipe your drive then at least do the following:

*Identify the hardware you have in your machine. Check the mfg's website for a list of the hardware installed.

*Download ALL the drivers you're going to need but make real sure you at least get the following:
1) chipset
2) Modem (if your dial up)
3) NIC (network card) if your highspeed cable/dsl
4) USB drivers (if you use the usb cable for your modem to pc connection)
5) Video or VGA driver (so you can see your computer in its full glory)

*Buy or test drive a disk immaging application that is easy to use. (drivesnapshot, ghost?, etc.)

*Collect all your application media (install keys especially).

*Get a linux live cd to get online help if your bork your windows reinstall. (knoppix, ubuntu, etc)

Have fun.

Don't spend a load of cash on paying some kid at best buy to clean your machine. It's really a waste of money.

Buy a good computer book and figure it out youself and save 100 bucks or so.


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